SAT Acceptance in India and SAT Scholarships to Study in India

What is the SAT?

Launched in 1926 by the College Board – an American not-for-profit organization formed in 1899 as the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) to expand access to higher education – SAT’s name and scoring have since then altered numerous times.

It was originally called the Scholastic Aptitude Test and was eventually renamed as the Scholastic Assessment Test. Some years down the line it came to be known as SAT I: Reasoning Test, then the SAT Reasoning Test, and finally just SAT. As a fee-based standardized test for college admissions in the United States, the SAT was first administered in 1926. Since then, the SAT has been taken by US students looking for admission to undergrad programs in colleges and universities.

SAT, as most of you know, is an entrance exam used by colleges and universities across the globe for admission to undergraduate programs. The test is in English, as it is a language understood by most people all over the world. SAT is conducted four times every year (May, October, December, and March) and students take the SAT according to their test-preparation. SAT allows aspirants exhibit skills they need to pursue university-level academic curricula. Candidates also practice and register for the SAT online.

It is an MCQ (multiple-choice), pencil-and-paper test held to gauge high school students’ preparedness for college, and also to let the colleges have a common data point to use for comparing applicants. Most colleges typically review standardized test scores along with the high school GPA, subjects taken at plus two, letters of recommendation from teachers or mentors, extracurricular activities, admissions interviews and personal essays. Today, in USA, the higher you score on the SAT and/or ACT, better are the options for getting admission to colleges of choice and also paying fees. In India, the importance of SAT scores varies from one college to another.

Some basics about SAT-

SAT Length 3 hours (plus 50 minutes if taking optional Essay)
SAT Sections Math Evidence-Based Reading and Writing  Essay (optional)
SAT Cost $46 ($60 if taking SAT with Essay)
Highest SAT Score 1600
Average SAT Score 1060

With the popularity of SAT now a recognised fact, and given its proven efficacy in weighing up college preparedness, many Indian colleges and universities have now started accepting SAT scores. Notably, the India Global Higher Education Alliance was formed by College Board in mid-2018 for organizing admissions of national and international students through the SAT.

Advantage of appearing for SAT while applying to multiple colleges in India

Nowadays, many leading universities or colleges of India accept SAT score. Students keen to get admission to colleges of their preference by proving their readiness for joining the institutions, find SAT scores highly effective and also a definite way to get enrolled in dream colleges of the country.

Since last year, a host of top-ranked Indian colleges and universities have started accepting SAT scores for admissions to their undergraduate programs. However, it is important for candidates to thoroughly understand what their dream college demands as admission criteria.

Every year top colleges and universities of India are flooded with huge number of applications, making it extremely difficult for candidates to get noticed. On the other hand, writing a plethora of entrance tests held by individual institutes for admission is also a very taxing and complex affair. In this scenario, one can get duly noticed by showcasing a good SAT score in the application which increases the chances of making it to the dream colleges and studying the courses of one’s choice.

The College Board formed the India Global Higher Education Alliance in 2018 to provide a platform for streamlining admissions of both Indian and international students through the SAT. This year nearly 35 Indian are accepting SAT India 2020 scores; while some of them are offering admission to students solely through SAT scores, some have distinct admission criteria. That said, some institutes of the country are also accepting SAT India 2020 subject test scores while selecting candidates for admission to different UG courses. Again, there are universities that are accepting SAT India 2020 scores to offer admission to any of the available courses, whereas some are accepting scores for offering admission to selected ones. The best way to go about it is to directly get in touch with the colleges and find out their policy regarding SAT subject test admission.

7 reasons why you should consider the SAT test –

1) One score multiple opportunity

35 Indian universities accept SAT for admission to UG courses. While tests like JEE and NEET are limited to engineering or medical studies, SAT score opens door for applying to multiple universities including those offering programs in Engineering, Liberal Art, Law, Business Management, Journalism and Design. In addition, the SAT is accepted by a host of universities across the globe.

2) No negative marking

One very good thing about SAT is that there is no negative marking for incorrect answers. This allows candidates to guess answers without fear of losing marks.

3) Scholarships available

SAT offers fee discount and scholarship programs in India for eligible candidates.

  • Good coaching schools offering online and offline practice programs

We at Stoodnt offer comprehensive and budget friendly practice programs for SAT aspirants.

5) SAT offers more time than other entrance tests of India

The SAT test-takers typically get more time to answer each section as compared to other Indian entrance tests. Those afflicted with stress syndrome rising from time constraints can think of the SAT as a more suitable option with higher chances of cracking the test.

6) More flexible

As the test is held four times in a year, it leaves enough time for candidates to plan, practice and prepare. Aspirants are known to take the test according to their college application deadlines. SAT also offers commendable flexibility while signing up for last-minute.

7) Unlimited free score send to Universities in India

SAT allows Indian students to send unlimited scores for free to any India Global Alliance member universities. However, candidates must visit the official website of the College Board, for details related to SAT test, eligibility, registration details, test dates, test fee discount vouchers, result date and all other information.

How Indian Universities Use the SAT

University SAT for Admission (for Indian Residents) SAT for Admission (for Foreign Nationals & Nonresident Indians) Free SAT Score Sends SAT Scholarship Program
Full $1,500
Ahmedabad University Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham Yes Yes Yes
Anant National University Yes Yes
Ashoka University Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Atria University Yes Yes Yes Yes
Azim Premji University Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bennett University Yes Yes Yes Yes
BML Munjal University Yes Yes Yes Yes
FLAME University Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
G D Goenka University Yes Yes
Gandhi Institute of Technology and Management Yes Yes Yes
Indian School of Business and Finance Yes Yes Yes
Jai Hind College (University of Mumbai) Yes Yes
JAIN (Deemed to be University) Yes Yes Yes
KREA University Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Manav Rachna University Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Manipal Academy of Higher Education Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Manipal University, Jaipur Yes Yes Yes Yes
NMIMS Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
OP Jindal Global University Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Plaksha University Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Shanmugha Arts, Science, Technology & Research Academy (SASTRA) Deemed to be University Yes Yes Yes
Shiv Nadar University Yes Yes Yes Yes
Shoolini University Yes Yes
Sophia College for Women Yes Yes Yes Yes
SP Jain School of Global Management Yes Yes Yes
Sri Sri University Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Srishti School of Art Design and Technology Yes Yes Yes Yes
SRM Institute of Science and Technology Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
SRM University, AP – Amaravati Yes Yes Yes Yes
SRM University Delhi-NCR, Sonepat Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Symbiosis International (Deemed University) Yes Yes Yes Yes
University of Petroleum and Energy Science (UPES) Yes Yes
Vellore Institute of Technology Yes Yes Yes Yes
Vijaybhoomi University Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
World University of Design Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Some facts about SAT India Colleges

SAT India 2020 scores are accepted by around Indian 51 institutes including 35 universities for admission in courses offered by them.  Academically brilliant students as well as those from low income families can avail any of the three SAT India scholarships:

  • SAT test fee reduction voucher
  • College Board India Scholars Programme (Full 100% tuition waiver)
  • College Board India Scholars Programme (One-Time Scholarship)

16 Indian Universities offer 100% tuition-free scholarship based on SAT India 2020 score. 35 Indian universities offer a one-time scholarship amounting to $1,500 (Rs 1 Lakh) based on SAT India 2020 score.

SAT accepting colleges in India
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List of Indian Universities accepting SAT Scores (2020 – 2021)

  1. Ahmedabad University
  2. Manipal Academy of Higher Education
  3. Anant National University
  4. MS Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences
  5. Ashoka University
  6. OP Jindal Global University
  7. Azim Premji University
  8. Shiv Nadar University
  9. Bennett University
  10. Symbiosis International (Deemed University)
  11. BML Munjal University
  12. SRM Institute of Science and Technology
  13. Jai Hind College
  14. VIT University
  15. Shoolini University
  16. SASTRA Deemed-to-be University
  17. FLAME University
  18. SRM University Delhi-NCR, Sonepat
  19. GITAM
  20. Sri Sri University
  21. GD Goenka University
  22. Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology
  23. Jain University
  24. SVKM’s NMIMS
  25. UPES
  26. SRM University- AP, Amaravati
  27. KREA University
  28. World University of Design
  29. Manav Rachna University
  30. PLAKSHA University
  31. Vijaybhoomi University
  32. Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University

Indian Institutes Accepting SAT Subject Test Scores

1.      Mahindra Ecole Centrale College of Engineering

2.      SP Jain School of Global Management

3.      OP Jindal Global University

4.      International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Hyderabad

5.      BITS Pilani, Vidya Vihar Campus

6.      VNIT Nagpur

7.      NIT Srinagar

8.      MNNIT Allahabad

9.      MNIT, Jaipur

10.  Delhi Technological University, Delhi

11.  IIIT Allahabad

12.  IIIT Delhi

13.  IIITDM Jabalpur

14.  IIITDM Kancheepuram

15.  Indian Maritime University (IMU)

16.  Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, Bhopal

17.  NIELIT Aurangabad

18.  National Institute of Foundry and Forge Technology (NIFFT), Ranchi

19.  NIT Agartala

20.  NIT Arunachal Pradesh

21.  NITK Surathkal

22.  NIT Calicut

23.  NIT Delhi

24.  NIT Durgapur

25.  NIT Goa

26.  NIT Hamirpur

27.  NIT Jalandhar

28.  NIT Jamshedpur

29.  NIT Kurushetra

30.  NIT Manipur

31.  NIT Meghalaga

32.  NIT Mizoram

33.  NIT Patna

34.  NIT Puducherry

35.  NIT Raipur

36.  NIT Rourkela

37.  NIT Sikkim

38.  NIT Silchar

39.  NIT Tiruchirappalli

40.  NIT Uttarakhand

41.  NIT Warangal

42.  Shiv Nadar University

43.  Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University

44.  PEC University of Technology, Chandigarh

45.  Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology, Surat

46.  School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal

47.  School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi

48.  School of Planning and Architecture, Vijayawada

49.  Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology (SLIET), Punjab

Universities accepting SAT India 2020 scores for all courses

  1. Ashoka University
  2. Azim Premji University
  3. FLAME University
  4. KREA University
  5. Manav Rachna University
  6. Sri Sri University
  7. Srishti School of Art Design and Technology
  8. SRM Institute of Science and Technology
  9. SRM University, AP – Amaravati
  10. SRM University Delhi-NCR, Sonepat
  11. World University of Design
  12. Plaksha University
  13. Vijaybhoomi University

Universities accepting SAT India 2020 scores for specific courses

Name of Institute Courses
Ahmedabad University All except BTech
Atria University All except Law and Architecture
Bennett University BTech
BBA
BML Munjal University BTechBBABSc (Economics)
Gandhi Institute of Technology and Management (GITAM) BSc coursesBA coursesBCom (Hons)BCA coursesBEM coursesBPhamaBBA courses
MS Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences BTechBBABPharmaPharmaDBDesBHMBSc (Hons)BCom (Hons)BSc (Bio-Tech)BSc (Food Processing and Technology)BSc  (Dialysis Therapy Technology)BSc (Medical Radiology and Imaging Technology)BSc (Cardiac Care Technology)BSc (Sports and Exercise Science)BSc (Optometry)BSc (Operation Theatre Technology)
Manipal Academy of Higher Education BSc (Exercise and Sports Sciences)BSc (Health Information Management)BSc (Medical Imaging Technology)BSc (Perfusion Technology)BSc (Renal Replacement Therapy & Dialysis Technology)BCom (Professional)BCom (Business Process Services)
Manipal Jaipur University All except Law and Architecture
OP Jindal Global University All except Law
Shiv Nadar University BTechBA (History, English, Sociology, International Relations, Economics)BSc (Math, Physics, Chemistry, Biotech)BMS
Sophia College For Women All except Law and Architecture
SVKM’s NMIMS All courses in: EngineeringLiberal ArtsMathsEconomicsCommerce
Symbiosis International (Deemed University) Liberal Arts
Vellore Institute of Technology All courses except those offered in the below mentioned streams: EngineeringLawArchitecture

India Scholars Program

Indian students belonging to lower-income groups can avail The College Board India Scholars Program, which helps them save money for higher education. The scholarship offers up to 90% off SAT registration fees. Scholarships are available at participating universities of the country, including some that cover the full tuition for the entire course.

Universities enrolled in College Board India Scholars Programme (100% College Tuition Fee)

Following 16 universities of India are part of College Board India Scholars Programme and students eligible for the scholarship get 100% college tuition fee scholarship for the entire duration of the course.

1.         Ahmedabad University

2.         Ashoka University

3.         Azim Premji University

4.         FLAME University

5.         Jain (Deemed University)

6.         KREA University

7.         MS Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences

8.         Manav Rachna University

9.         Manipal Academy of Higher Education

10.       NMIMS University

11.       OP Jindal University

12.       Sri Sri University

13.       SRM Institute of Science and Technology

14.       SRM University Delhi-NCR, Sonepat

15.       World University of Design

16.       Vijaybhoomi University

Eligibility criteria to avail the scholarship –

  • Resident of India
  • Student of Class 11 or Class 12
  • Appeared for SAT in Class 11/ 12 in 2019-2020 session
  • Top performer in SAT exam (minimum score of 1300 out of 1600)
  • Applied and enrolled in any of the 16 participating Indian universities
  • Annual family income less than Rs 8 lacs

Universities enrolled for USD 1,500 (1 lakh) scholarships

It is important to know that all 35 universities of the country accepting SAT India 2020 scores for admission have signed up for College Board India Scholars Programme. The scholarship offers students a one-time endowment scholarship towards college tuition fee up to USD 1,500 (Rs 1 lakh).

Eligibility criteria to avail this scholarship –

  • Resident of India
  • Student of Class 11 or Class 12
  • Appeared for SAT in Class 11/ 12 in 2019-2020 session
  • Top performer in SAT exam (minimum score of 1300 out of 1600)
  • Applied and enrolled in any participating Indian university
  • Annual family income between Rs 8 Lakhs to Rs 15 Lacs

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